Painting Knife Explained, Realistic to Abstract Exploration

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Painting Knife Explained, Realistic to Abstract Exploration

with Daryl Urig, author of the best book on painting with a painting knife – Painting Knife Explained.

May 26 – 28, 2023 | Friday – Sunday | Friday: 10 am – 5 pm | Sat & Sun:  9 am – 4 pm

  • Experience: All levels of experience are welcome.
  • Medium: Oil
  • Registration: Each student must enroll individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio

Playing with paint can help us appreciate what we develop on canvas and enjoy the new processes we have learned. Focusing on the big picture we can create beautiful form on any subject that we fancy. Any tools may be used. Design, color, simple shapes, and unique representation of any form is key.

As a painter I have explored many different avenues in my career. I am not looking for one technique to accomplish over and over again. Isn’t that the definition of insanity? I like to break new ground as often as I can.

The workshop will cover my basic learnings over a lifetime of experimenting with paint. Highlighting design, color mixing, paint application, creative mark making, what can we do with lighting while understanding the basics of overall image capturing to showcase personality on canvas.

I have accomplished many things that I am proud of. I can move in many directions. As a fine art oil painter, I specialized in painting knife exploration for many years. I am a published artist in many familiar artist magazines. Author of three painting books. While interviewing other painters on my YouTube Channel to explore their interesting ideas. WE are not all the same. There are many ways to see and enjoy your life as a painter. I hope to have discovered a few I can share with you.


Watch the following video for student testimonials:

In-Person Classes

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • Masks inside our buildings are optional until further notice.

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Daryl Urig

Daryl Urig

Daryl Urig has painted his entire life. He is a graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He worked as a graphic designer for 15 years designing packages for Procter and Gamble, Johnson and Johnson, Nestles and Interactive gaming and education programs for WCET. He perfected his teaching talent as an adjunct Professor with the University of Cincinnati for over 10 years. As its Academic Coordinator he created a 4-year program for the University of Cincinnati. He authored three books on painting, Tips for a Contemporary Painter, Plein Air Painting for Everyone and Painting Knife Explained. He is a contributing writer for Leisure Painter magazine in the UK. His Blog “The Adventures of an American Oil Painter” is read by more than 50,000 viewers annually.

His work has hung in the Columbus Art and Toledo Art Museums. His work hangs in private collections and galleries in the United States and UK. He has won major awards at the Salmagundi Club in New York City and with the Portrait Society of America.

His understanding of painting, design and teaching make him a worthwhile resource for any painter. He teaches workshops across the country promoting healthy painting habits.

He lives part year in Bluffton, SC. His new studio/gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio is called Daryl Urig’s Creative Underground. Hosting Workshops, Live Broadcasts on Painting and his Paint Mentoring program and individual paintings.

Materials List for students to bring with them: (any supply questions, email Daryl at

Suggested colors – M. Graham oil paintsgoing green
Azo Yellow
Cadmium Red Light
Quinacridone Rose
Prussian Blue
Titanium White (Rapid Dry)
Yellow Ochre

Optional additional colors:
Cadmium Orange
Payne’s Gray
Transparent Red Iron Oxide
Terra Rosa

M. Graham Walnut Alkyd Oil 4 oz. bottle
– or –
M. Graham Walnut Oil 4 oz. bottle – slower drying, also good for cleaning brushes

MSDS Document – Some airlines are particular when traveling with paints. You may need to show them this document or mail paints ahead of you.

See Book: Plein Air Painting for Everyone
(Painting Landscapes in your own backyard)

Everbilt Poly Backed Canvas Drop Cloth – Home Depot
– or vinyl tablecloth works well & is available at Big Lots

Painting knives – Painter’s Edge Painting Knife # 23t

See Book: Painting Knives Explained

Palette & Easel

Panels – four 9 x 12 and one 12 x 16 inch primed panels

Paper Towel Roll


Note taking material

Pizza box – to carry paintings (inexpensive solution)

 – it is always nice to document your progress
Pliers – just come in handy
Tube Wringer – to get every ounce of paint out of your tubes

If you are taking a studio workshop and we are painting from photos please bring at least 3 awesome photos that you have taken to paint from.


Brush #8 Signet Robert Simmons 43 Egbert
Brush Cleaner – Murphy’s Oil Soap


Understanding the Human Face
– additions to base list

All of these items can be easily ordered online using the side bar labled Art Supplies

Large mirror to see your reflection in. (Acrylic Mirrors are nice, they do not break as easily)

Two clip on lights and extension cords

Natural and small spot light

I like 2 light stands. One to attach a mirror to and the other a light

2 swivel tilt brackets to hold mirror on light stand

Carpenter Pencil

Black Sharpie, bullet point


Oil Painting without Solvents, Free your studio of dangerous solvents by using walnut oil in place of turpentine or odorless mineral spirits when cleaning brushes. Walnut oil removes color from the artist’s brush or tool as effectively as odorless paint thinners, without creating a solvent hazard. Walnut oil is a natural vegetable oil that neither evaporates nor removes essential oils. The addition of walnut oil to color will increase flow and slow the drying. More Here

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before April 26, 2023. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after April 26, 2023.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.

Robert Kroeger

Daryl taught me the value of mixing colors, helped me to improve wet-on-wet painting while minimizing detail. Plus tips on preparing my panels for painting.

Sung Rielly

Like a brush, Daryl demonstrated the flexibility of using a painting knife to depict bold, yet simple representation of accurate color. With many useful insights on squinting to see shapes and values, plus scanning to see color. Great experiences that will help me move forward as a painter.

Dick Snell

Daryl is an excellent instructor who knows where each student is in their development and how to guide and encourage improvements.